The newly-sworn in Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Olamide George, has said that the impeachment exercise carried out by 18 members of Assembly to impeach the Speaker and his deputy remains irreversible despite all efforts to intimidate them.
George stated this during a press conference in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where he spoke on the crisis rocking the Assembly on Wednesday.
The new Speaker, who led 15 other members, called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to take their petition seriously and take measures for the protection of lives and property against hoodlums to avoid chaos in the town.
The 18 lawmakers had on Friday, impeached Hon Bamidele Oloyelogun and Hon. Ogundeji Iroju, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
Oloyelogun and Iroju were impeached over alleged gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abuse of power and incompetence levelled against them.
Hon. Olamide George and Hon. Faloju Abimbola were sworn-in as the new Speaker and deputy respectively.
The new Speaker said that the impeachment was an in-house exercise which has constitutional backing, saying it was not targeted at anyone.
George said, “Oloyelogun and Iroju were not only impeached by 18 out of the 26 members of the assembly but also suspended.
“Two other lawmakers who claimed that their signatures were forged are not saying the truth, having been induced with monetary benefits.”
George, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter towards restoring law and order back to the state as it could affect the party’s chances during the coming general election.